This was the ultimate way to kill a man During the s a group of Protestant paramilitaries embarked on a spree of indiscriminate murder which left thirty Northern Irish Catholics dead Their leader was Lenny Murphy, a fanatical Unionist whose Catholic sounding surname led to his persecution as a child for which he took revenge on all Catholics Not for the squeamish, The Shankill Butchers is a horrifying detailed account of one of the most brutal series of murders in British legal history a phenomenon whose real nature has been obscured by the troubled and violent context from which it sprang